Kayla Fleskes, Kinsey Gomez, Haley Hunt, Kelsi Schaer and Michele Turney led the way with their selections to the Pac-12 All-Academic First Team. The five tied the Beavers with Washington State for the most first team honorees. Each of the quintet sports a GPA over 3.80.
It’s the first such league academic honor for Fleskes and Turney, both sophomores. In May, Gomez was selected to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Team. In 2013 she was one the Pac-12 All-Academic Track and Field Second Team, the Capital One Academic All-District Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Second Team and was a USTFCCCA All-Academic pick.
It’s also the first track and field nod for Hunt, who has been a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic First Team selection in cross country. Schaer was on the Pac-12 All-Academic Track and Field First Team in 2013 as well.
The Beavers placed four student-athletes on the Pac-12 All-Academic Track and Field Second Team in Morgan Anderson, Justine Bird, Lacey London and Aly Nielson. It is Anderson’s first Pac-12 academic award while Bird (2013 Honorable Mention – T&F), London (2013 Honorable Mention – T&F) and Nielson (2013 Second Team – T&F) are all repeat winners.
To be eligible for selection, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average, at least one year of enrollment at the institution and be either a starter or significant contributor. True freshmen are not eligible for Pac-12 All-Academic teams.
Nowlin and Sharpe have previously received multiple academic honors in both cross country and track and field. This is the first award for Lautenbach, Martinez and Mason. Demaree was a Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team selection after the fall cross country season.
The impressive academic displays are nothing new for Oregon State. As a group, the cross country program has received Division I All-Academic recognition from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for 10 straight years, while the track & field squad’s streak is at nine. The 2014 USTFCCCA Division I All-Academic Track & Field Teams will be announced later this summer.